Today, a perfect bone marrow match has yet to be found for the Westminster High School freshman. But the odds are measurably better now than they were four years ago because of the efforts of the Asian Pacific community in Southern California, which has launched marrow drives to help patients like Kim Chi. To help Kim Chi and a 1-year-old Vietnamese toddler in Germany, the Los Angeles-based group is spearheading nine simultaneous drives in Los Angeles and Orange counties Saturday in the hopes of recruiting 1, donors. If we can get the [donor] pool to increase, we can find matches and save lives. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, of the 5, people who registered to be donors in , only 1.
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He was on a date, when his doctor delivered news he never expected. I think I was just focused on trying to beat this thing. He was cancer free for almost a year, but it came back. He needed a bone marrow transplant and his best shot at finding a match was among the Filipino-American community. Stacy Month, a cancer specialist at Kaiser Oakland. Nearly 11 million Americans are registered according to the Asian-American donor program.
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A match was not on our cards anytime soon, as there are so few South Asians registered as donors. Doctors told Pia the best chance of survival would be to receive a transplant from a donor to replace her diseased bone marrow with healthy blood stem cells — the cells that can develop into different types of mature blood cells. But a successful transplant requires the cells come from a donor with a genetically identical or similar tissue type.